New Machine

I finally got around to it: I built my own computer.

I didn't expect for it to be quite as easy as it ended up being. I bought the parts, plugged them all in, plopped it all in a case, plugged in the power, turned it on… and it booted right up. 

The specs:

  • MSI P6N nVidia SLi 650i Premium  (Socket 775)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo 2.14 GHz
  • 1 GB ram
  • 500 GB SATA drive
  • 10 GB IDE drive (just in case!)
  • nVidia GeForce 256 MB DDR2 PCI-X x16
  • Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-500 tuner card
  • 650W ThermalTake Tough Power PSU

It runs exceptionally quietly. Compared to my G4 Sawtooth, this thing is silent.

It runs ubuntu like a champ, and I'm having fun with exploring the wide world of free and open source software. I'm fond of beryl.

I managed to get my hands on a copy of the JaS patched install DVD for OS X 10.4.8 – a little birdy told me that OS X running on new Intel gear is super speedy. Can't wait to try it.

Really, this is sort of a dream come true – I've always wanted to build a computer, but never had sufficient justification for doing so. On top of that, I've pretty much always used Macs (by choice, not by circumstance) and for the Apple hardware, there is no option of "build you own machine."

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